Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Labour force status

Release date: May 3, 2017


'Labour force status' refers to whether a person was employed, unemployed or not in the labour force during the reference period. The labour force consists of persons who contribute or are available to contribute to the production of goods and services falling within the System of National Accounts production boundary.

Statistical unit(s)

Person 15 years or over


Labour Force Status
Collapsed – Labour Force Status
Employed Status

Reported in

2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 (20% sample). For availability prior to 1981, please refer to Appendix 2.0.

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Derived variable: Questions 30 to 35


For the values for the Labour force status variable, see:

Table 6.2 Values for the Labour force status variable


For more information, see the definitions for Employed person, Unemployed and Not in the labour force variables.

The Labour force status categories were derived from the responses to the following questions on the census questionnaire:

See Figure 6.1 for the components of population and labour force activity.

For information on the comparability of 2016 Census labour force activity data with those of the Labour Force Survey, see Appendix 6.1.


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